Augmentation cystoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat overactive bladder, a condition characterized by frequent and urgent episodes of urination, often associated with urinary incontinence. This procedure aims to increase the capacity of the bladder, reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life for patients affected by this condition.
- Surgical access: The surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdominal wall to access the bladder. Bladder preparation: The bladder is completely emptied and irrigated to ensure it is clean.
- Preparation of the intestinal segment: The surgeon harvests a segment of the intestine, usually the sigmoid (part of the colon), to create a loop that will act as an "expansion balloon" inside the bladder.
- Creation of augmentation cystoplasty: The intestinal segment is connected to the bladder, creating a new compartment that expands the bladder capacity. This allows the patient to store more urine before feeling the urgency to urinate.
- Closure and recovery: At the end of the procedure, the incision is sutured, and the patient is monitored during the post-operative recovery phase.
To determine if augmentation cystoplasty is the most suitable treatment, it is advised to schedule an appointment with Professor Christian Gozzi for a specialist consultation.